6 Healthy Ways to Elevate a Lean Burger

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6 Healthy Ways to Elevate a Lean Burger

Here’s your grilling game plan: Keep the meat lean, the buns optional—then add a kick with these healthy toppings and condiments.


  • 1 medium red onion, sliced very thin
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt


  1. Place the onion slices in a medium, stainless steel mixing bowl. Add the coriander, cumin, and red pepper flakes and toss to distribute.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the vinegar and water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from the heat and pour over the onions. Mix well and season with a generous pinch of salt. Let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Yield: About 1 1⁄2 cups (315 g) onions


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